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Cool WOW !!! The World's highest road bridge opens (Millau Bridge)

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See the 'remarkable' feat of engineering



France shows off tallest bridge


The bridge is 23 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower

The world's highest road bridge has been inaugurated in southern France by President Jacques Chirac.

The Millau bridge over the River Tarn in the Massif Central mountains is more than 300m (984ft) high - taller even than the country's Eiffel Tower.

The bridge, which opens to traffic on Thursday, was built to clear summer traffic jams around the town.

The BBC's Paris correspondent, Caroline Wyatt, says the bridge is one of the most breathtaking ever built.

She says that with its concrete and steel pillars soaring high above the morning fog in the Tarn Valley, the construction makes a spectacular sight.

'Delicacy of a butterfly'

Seven slender piers support the roadway, rising into seven graceful pylons bound to the bridge with what look like cobwebs of steel, our correspondent says.

"The bridge is just on the clouds," Millau Mayor Jacques Godfrain told the BBC's World Today programme.

"The architect, Norman Foster, gave us a model of art."

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Cost: 394m euros (£272m; $524m)
Highest point: 343m (1,125ft)
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Mr Foster said the bridge was designed to have the "delicacy of a butterfly".

"A work of man must fuse with nature. The pillars had to look almost organic, like they had grown from the earth," the world-renowned British architect said in an interview with regional daily newspaper Midi Libre.

Like Concorde and the Channel Tunnel, the bridge is Franco-British. French construction group Eiffage - that built the Eiffel Tower - financed the project in return for the right to collect receipts from a bridge toll for 75 years.






The bridge is now a source of pride for Millau, which believes many more tourists will come to admire one of the engineering wonders of the 21st Century, our correspondent says.

The construction also removes a bottleneck at the town, completing a new motorway link between Paris and the Mediterranean.

The construction of the steel bridge - now weighing about 36,000 tonnes - began in December 2001, using innovative techniques.

From the north and south sides of the valley, the metal sections of the structure were assembled, lifted slightly and then carefully slotted into place on each of the supporting pillars. Motorists are expected to pay 4.6 euros (£3.18; $5.60) for a trip across the bridge.



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France's Millau bridge over the River Tarn is taller than the country's Eiffel Tower.

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Awesome!

People must feel like their cars are flying when driving on that bridge. Just looking out the window on a cloudy day is like sitting on a flight. How cool!
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Awesome!

People must feel like their cars are flying when driving on that bridge. Just looking out the window on a cloudy day is like sitting on a flight. How cool!
Not really, because I heard that you can't see anything on it.
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they used heavy trucks to TEST out the strength of the bridge

now would you do that

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France's Millau bridge over the River Tarn is taller than the country's Eiffel Tower.
it's taller than the clouds!!!!

holy crap... I would pee in my pants of frighteness if I had to go on that bridge.

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Why would I drive on such a bridge
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I've been on The Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado. (Photo here) It's 1053 feet above the valley below, although I'm not certain if that's the top of the towers, or the bridge surface. When I was there (back in 1978), there was a sign on the middle of the bridge reading, "No fishing from bridge".
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Not really, because I heard that you can't see anything on it.
Kinda right. I saw it on the news today and the barriers on the sides are quite high (enough to obstruct the view from a regular sized car), but on a really cloudy day, it still might feel like a flight. I wish I can drive on that bridge someday!
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gosh! that looks awesome. which part of france is in?? i heard it was in the south. came out in the singapore papers.

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